3D Printed Vertebrae, Google VR Cinema and an AR Basketball Court


3D printing has to be one of the most crazily diverse technologies ever known to man (or woman).

This week alone brought news that doctors are now 3D printing vertebrae and bone parts for use in reconstructive surgery, whilst in Portland a 24 year-old student (and amputee) 3D printed his own prosthetic hand. Then on the other hand there was also the breaking news that 3D printed gummy humans and city-skyline-topped custom hermit crab shells are a thing that exist. Talk about being on opposite ends of the spectrum.

In other news, hype surrounding Project Morpheus continues to build, whilst Kobe Bryant helps launch the most hi-tech basketball court you’re ever likely to see (for the moment, anyway).

So, just a regular week in the tech world, in other words.

Virtual Reality

Augmented Reality

3D Printing & Scanning

Other Tidbits

  • Burning Man Festival (otherwise known as the new Silicon Valley Millionaire’s playground) will be home to a 30ft skull and some pretty fancy projection mapping
  • And in other projection mapping news: watch as some seriously cool designs completely transforms this model’s face (whilst simultaneously proving just how much of a difference makeup makes)

OMOTE / REAL-TIME FACE TRACKING & PROJECTION MAPPING from something wonderful on Vimeo.